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"Letters From Iraq" w/ Rahim AlHaj Trio

Date & Time: 
05/24/2017 - 7:00pm

Rahim AlHaj photo

A powerful musical meditation on consequences in a post-war reality with Iraqi-American virtuoso/composer, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Rahim AlHaj—traveling the world to “give voice to the voiceless."

Oud player Rahim Alhaj, a native of Iraq and a naturalized American citizen, came into possession of a number of letters written by Iraqis who described such events, experienced during the American occupation and the subsequent hideous sectarian violence.

“Basically, these letters are short stories, real stories, of what happened to Iraqi women and children,” says Alhaj. Some of these letters came to him directly, some were passed on to him by others, and one story was told to him face-to-face by his nephew, the handicapped boy who fled an attack.

Michael Bisio Accortet

Date & Time: 
05/20/2017 - 7:00pm

Michael Bisio Accortet

Chronicling 30+ years of acclaimed Troy-native bassist Michael Bisio's life as a composer in song form and otherwise, his Accortet balances freedom and swing in a euphorically compelling quartet.

Named after its unusual instrumentation, Accortet is the eponymous debut of a group led by renowned contrabassist Michael Bisio, featuring the unique frontline of accordion and sax, played by Art Bailey and Adam Seigel, respectively, with Michael Wimberly manning the drums.

An in-demand sideman among free jazz luminaries such as Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp, Bisio seldom issues albums as a bandleader these days, making this recording all the more intriguing for its inclusion of some surprisingly accessible material, starting with the joyous opener, "AM." The tune's sunny harmonies, buoyant bass lines and upbeat rhythms belie Bisio's reputation as an uncompromising avant-gardist, offering contrast to his usual work.

New date! Post-Industrial Ecologies of the Hudson River Estuary with Seed Bomb Art Workshop

Date & Time: 
05/14/2017 - 1:00pm

In his talk and workshop, ecological artist, writer, and activist Oliver Kellhammer will frame post-industrial ecologies as sites of renewal and the emergence of novel processes. Together, we will bio-map our area to begin a field guide to the biodiversity of our North Troy neighborhood brownfields. 

Followed by a Seed Bomb Art work party with a hands-on demo of how to make a seed bomb. Made from compressed soil and seeds, seed bombs are designed to be thrown into areas that are degraded, physically abused, or in need of vegetation. We'll release seed bombs along our bio-mapping journey!

TBR Bike Fest

Date & Time: 
05/13/2017 - 5:00pm

The 7th Annual BikeFest fundraising celebration -- a fantastic party and a great way to help Troy Bike Rescue continue its mission of bringing Pedal Power to the People! (Sliding Scale)

"Insane Clown President" w/ journalist Matt Taibbi

Date & Time: 
05/12/2017 - 7:00pm

Insane Clown President book coverDispatches from the 2016 election providing an eerily prescient take on our democracy’s uncertain future by Matt Taibbi, contributing editor and columnist for Rolling Stone.

Matt Taibbi, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement, is winner of the 2007 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary.

"One of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism" - Independent

"Matt Taibbi is one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power" - Bernie Sanders

"Matt Taibbi is the best polemic journalist in America" - Felix Salmon

Advance ticket sales have ended! Tickets are available at the door.

Listen live on WOOC 105.3 FM Troy (online at mediasanctuary.org)

The Prison in 12 Landscapes with director Brett Story

Date & Time: 
05/10/2017 - 7:00pm

This evening event is part of a joint collective day: Unite for Parole and Prison Justice: A Day of Advocacy and Action.

Prison in Twelve Landscape movie still

http://tainaasili.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/End-Mass-Incarceration-Freedom-Music-Video-Taina-Asili-e1459276560270-1024x726.jpgIn person presentation by filmmaker Brett Story! Plus, introductions from local prison justice advocates:

The Relationship of Cinema and Activism: How to Develop Social Issue Films with Brett Story

Date & Time: 
05/10/2017 - 4:30pm

An intimate discussion with filmmaker Brett Story on the relationship between art and politics, cinema and activism, and how to use film more expansively (ie. outside the usual “advocacy” documentary) to speak to social issues.

Bees and the Cooperative Community / Potluck / “Forming Gift / Free / Mutual Aid / Barter Networks” with Caroline Woolard

Date & Time: 
05/06/2017 - 5:00pm

5-6 PM Bees and the Cooperative Community
with CCG gardeners Azure Keahi and Christian Grigoraskos
An introduction to urban beekeeping. Reflect upon the importance of cooperative action!

6-7 PM Community Potluck

7-9 PM “Forming Gift / Free / Mutual Aid / Barter Networks” with Caroline Woolard

Artist and organizer Caroline Woolard begins the workshop with a quick presentation on seven solidarity economy models that establish local wealth and community resilience. Participants will then work in small groups to brainstorm ways to refine and adapt these models to the Sactuary and the surrounding neighborhood.

Sculpting a Water Retentive Landscape

Date & Time: 
05/06/2017 - 2:00pm

A NATURE Lab workshop with Collard City Growers gardener and coordinator Christian Grigoraskos

As environmental stewards in our community, water security is at the forefront of our consciousness. We are constantly looking for ways to preserve and respect water as a precious resource (BECAUSE IT IS!). Utilizing rainwater barrels and closed-loop aquaponic systems are a couple ways that we plan on managing our water supply in the garden, but there are techniques for building efficient irrigation systems directly into the landscape.

Join us to learn how to build the most open-source, democratic, and FREE irrigation system out there: SWALE & BERMS. 

The resulting garden beds will become our community cooking greens patch: collards, kale, and chard -- here we come! Participants of this workshop will leave with plans for building their own A-frame level and muscle memory to dig swales and berms in their own backyards.  

 

SCHEDULE CHANGE DUE TO ILLNESS: “Economic Update" w/ radio host Richard Wolff

Date & Time: 
04/29/2017 - 7:00pm

We just learned that Richard Wolff is suffering from a severe flu; his doctor advises him not to travel or expose others to his illness. We wish him a speedy recovery. We will be in touch with advance ticket purchasers to arrange refunds if desired. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Radical media maker Franklin López will be appearing instead with a program of new work! Franklin López is an anarchist filmmaker from occupied Borikén (Puerto Rico.) He is the founder of SubMedia.tv, an independent video ensemble that cranks out anarchist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial films and agit-prop.

The films are not your run of the mill activist videos, but snarky music driven productions that emphasize humor and creativity and are unabashedly radical.

We hope to see you soon!